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    An Overview of Recharging Your Car's Air Conditioner with Refrigerant

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Your car’s air conditioner is invaluable when the warmer weather sets in. Even though fall is just around the corner, it’s important to keep your car’s air conditioner fully charged so it works efficiently when you need it most. Here is an overview of how your auto mechanic can recharge your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant.

    Top Off

    One way to recharge your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant is called a “top off.” This is generally the cheapest way to recharge your automobile’s air conditioner. When you go in for a top off, your automotive professional will charge refrigerant into your car, which will join the refrigerant that currently resides there. Unfortunately, a top off relies on your automotive professional’s best guess as to how much refrigerant is the perfect amount for your car.

    Evacuation and Recharge

    An evacuation and recharge is a more thorough method of recharging your car’s air conditioner. During this process your mechanic will drain your vehicle of its remaining refrigerant and recycles out its impurities. Then it is recharged into the car along with new refrigerant. In this case your vehicle can be charged with exactly the correct amount of refrigerant for your car.

    Repair or Replace Leaking Components

    The permanent solution to keeping your car’s air conditioner full of refrigerant is to fix any leaks that have developed over time. However, leaks can sometimes be hard to find. Automotive professionals may use an electronic leak detector in addition to dye and a black light in order to find the leak. The smaller the leak is, the longer it will take to drain your refrigerant.

    If you have questions about recharging your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We are an auto maintenance service that specializes in emissions and brake repair, as well as air conditioning and heater service. If you would like to know more about our auto repair and maintenance services, do not hesitate to visit our website.

    Is Your Check-Engine Light On? You May Have an Emissions Issue!

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Your check-engine light might come on because of an issue that affects the performance of your car, its impact on the environment, or both. When your check-engine light turns on it may be due to the fact that your vehicle is emitting hydrocarbon into the air from gasoline. This contributes to automobile pollution and may prevent you from passing an emissions test. When this emissions issue occurs, you must replace your gas cap as well as your fuel filler neck. Although failing to do so will not affect the way your car runs, it will damage the environment and keep you from passing inspection, which are both noteworthy problems in themselves.  

    Are you having an emissions issue? Come into Murray’s Auto Clinic in Silver Springs, Maryland. In addition to emissions repair, we provide a multitude of other auto maintenance services, including oil changes, brake repairs, tire rotations, and more. Please visit our website or call us at (404) 935-0170 for more information about our auto repair and maintenance services. 

    Take A Look at Balancing Car Tires!

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Unbalanced car tires may cause issues with the vehicle’s maneuverability from the tires to the steering wheel. Luckily, balancing tires is not a difficult task. Watch this video to learn a bit more about balancing tires.

    The first step in balancing a car tire is to mount it to the balancing machine. You will then need to learn the width of the rim, the backspacing, and the size of the tire itself in order to configure the machine. You can use a gauge to find out which weights fit the rim of your tire if it is unbalanced.

    Murray’s Auto Clinic is happy to provide a variety of auto repair and maintenance services in the Silver Springs, Maryland area, including tire balancing and rotation. Feel free to call (404) 935-0170 for more information about our business and the auto repair and maintenance services we provide. If you live in the area, visit our website or stop by and find out what we can do for you and your vehicle. 

    Serious Car Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Your car was likely not a cheap investment, so it is wise to take the necessary steps to keep it running efficiently for as long as possible. Unfortunately, many people make a variety of auto maintenance mistakes that can cause their car to experience a dip in performance or break down altogether. Here are a few serious car maintenance mistakes to avoid if you want to keep your vehicle on the road for many years to come. 

    Failing to Replace Light Bulbs

    Replacing light bulbs may seem like a hassle, but it is not nearly as big of a hassle as you might endure as a result of driving without them. Driving without headlights or high beams is dangerous and can lead to severe car accidents. You may receive a ticket for failing to replace your light bulbs. This is one of the easier facets of auto maintenance, so regularly look at your car to make sure that your light bulbs are in working order; if they are not, replace them immediately.

    Driving On Worn Out Tires

    In addition to reduced traction between your car and the road, worn out tread can cause cracks in your tires. Both of these situations can impair your ability to maneuver your car, which can lead to expensive and potentially tragic accidents. Be sure to inspect your tires regularly and change them when appropriate because doing so may save you a great deal of stress in the long run.

    Neglecting Warning Lights

    Warning lights are your vehicle’s way of communicating with you and letting you know something is wrong. Familiarize yourself with the different indicators so you are aware of exactly what is the problem. Then you can decide whether it is an issue that you can fix yourself or if it is grounds for taking your vehicle into the repair shop.

    If you do make any of these mistakes, come in to Murray’s Auto Clinic and let us take a look. We are an automotive repair and maintenance shop that is based out of Silver Springs, Maryland. For more information about our auto repair services, feel free to give us a call at (404) 935-0170 or visit our website today.

    Understanding the Importance of Routine Auto Maintenance

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Whether you drive a brand new car or an older model, your vehicle requires regular service in order to remain in great working condition. By scheduling maintenance procedures for your car, you will help to improve your vehicle’s performance and overall lifespan. In addition, keeping up on your service schedule can help reduce the likelihood of a mechanical issue in the future. To emphasize the importance of scheduling service for your car, here is a look at some important aspect of car maintenance.

    Oil Changes

    Oil changes are among the most crucial car maintenance procedures. Motor oil functions to lubricate, cool, and protect the many sophisticated systems of your engine. If you neglect to change your oil, you can cause extensive damage to your vehicle. Typically, it is recommended that you change your oil around every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

    Coolant Flush

    Similar to motor oil, coolant is designed to cool and lubricate your radiator system. Over the miles, your coolant can become dirty or contaminated with debris. To keep your car from over heating and prevent corrosion in your radiator, it is important to schedule routine coolant flush procedures. As a general rule, your car will require a coolant flush every 100,000 miles.

    Brake Checks

    As you drive, your brake pads and rotors will naturally experience wear. To ensure that your car is safe on the road, it is critical to have your brakes checked by your mechanic on a regular basis. During a brake check procedure, your mechanic can determine whether your brake pads are in need of replacement.

    To schedule a maintenance appointment for your car, contact Murray’s Auto Clinic of Silver Spring. We provide the Silver Spring and White Oak areas with a complete range of automotive repairs, and our technicians will help you keep your car in great driving shape. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to set up a service appointment at our repair shop. 

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